Read: Joshua 9-11
Marked: Joshua 9:24, So they answered Joshua and said, “Because your servants were clearly told that the LORD your God commanded His servant Moses to give you all the land, and to destroy all the inhabitants of the land from before you; therefore we were very much afraid for our lives because of you, and have done this thing.
The Gibeonites heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and Ai (V3) and decided, instead of fighting, they would by pretending to be ambassadors from a far country, to make a treaty (V6).
Joshua made peace and a covenant with them (V15). Later, he found out he’d been tricked. But because of the oath he’d taken in the name of the Lord, Joshua did not attack them (V18). Instead they became indentured servants, woodcutters and water carriers. The Gibeonites had heard of Moses and the God he served and determined that it was better to give in than to fight.
I don’t need to use subterfuge to have peace with God. He calls each of us to come and freely receive what He offers. But we must leave our pride behind. It is better to be a woodcutter and water carrier in the kingdom of God than fight against Him and refuse to come and make peace with God.